- ASIN: B09HXQ6Q6R
- Publisher: TOB Publishing (15 Oct. 2021)
- Language: English
- Print length: 328 pages
Genre: YA Gaslamp Fantasy Novels
The BookViral Review:
Sometimes, something a little different appears on our radar and that’s certainly true of Rosalind Tate’s Shorten Chronicles series in which fate appears to turn on a whim and the search for the way home becomes something of a conundrum.
Alternative reality and history novels continue to grow in popularity but the theme is frequently abused and more often than not leaves the reader less enlightened than intended, but Tate brings an original twist to an old trope whilst ably managing to avoid trite paradoxes.
As with Stranded, the first novel in her series, Escape centers around Sophie Arundel and Hugo Harrington who are stranded in an alternative history and through them Tate explores the preciousness of a life that’s too often beyond our control.
She certainly has a natural flair for these tales and has a lot of fun with its premise. Delivering a plot that’s refreshingly easy to navigate whilst teasing the brain and touching the heart as the twists and turns keep multiplying. And most importantly without stretching beyond the point of narrative sustainability.
With Tate’s fluid prose and timely dialogue bringing real resonance to her characters, she’s always careful to maintain an element of suspense but tempers it with a dash of humour which prevents it from getting too dark or serious for her target readers. Making for a novel that fans of the Gaslamp Fantasy genre and lovers of YA measured storytelling will readily embrace.
With everything, a reader could want from a Gaslamp Fantasy novel. Escape proves another highly enjoyable release from Rosalind Tate and is recommended without reservation.